Sociology Level 3

Our course code: X330

Course fee £375 or from £28 per month

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Are you looking for an ideal introduction to sociology? Then look no further! This online Sociology Level 3 course examines the role of behaviour in society in detail, including its origins, development and organisation. As a social science, you’ll see how Sociology uses methods of analysis and investigation to develop your knowledge about social order, disorder and change. Furthermore, Sociology overlaps several unique disciplines that study society, such as economics, psychology and political science.

Sociology Level 3 develops your knowledge of the societies in which we live and how they came to be. A study of the social world, Sociology involves the examination of human beings, their nature and their patterns of behaviour. For example, you might consider societal impact on behaviour based on groups we join or settings we’re born into. These include family, friendships, work or education environments. Building critical understanding of society is central to our Sociology course. Careful consideration will enable you highlight, examine and explain core societal problems, such as ill health, poverty and crime.

You don’t need prior learning knowledge or experience to study this online course. Openly available to anyone with an interest in or wishing to learn more about Sociology, we accept applications all-year round. Whether you’re looking at further education, improving your prospects or expanding your knowledge, our Sociology course can accommodate those needs. You’ll also acquire transferable skills that are marketable not just in sociology but for many jobs. Enrol today to start your new adventure with our Sociology level 3 course.

On this Sociology Level 3 course you will:

  • Have a better understanding of our social surroundings
  • Learn about sociological research methods
  • Make ‘informed’ opinions about social issues
  • Understand the origins of sociology and methods of enquiry employed
  • Describe several general sociological theories established over the years
  • Explain the different sociological systems that exist within society
  • Recognise theories that try to explain this social phenomenon
  • Learn much more.

Gain insight in to society and social behaviour, including its origins, development and organisation.

  • Study with winners

    We’re an award-winning learning provider and have been recognised for our cutting-edge learning techniques.

  • At your own pace

    Study this course as quickly or slowly as you wish; we’ll work at a speed that suits you.

  • Unlimited Tutor Support

    Get as much help and support as you want from your personal course tutor via email and phone.

  • Awarding body: NCFE Customised Qualifications

With a heritage stretching back over 150 years, NCFE is one of the largest awarding bodies in the UK. Over 340,000 students were awarded certification by NCFE last year. Our NCFE Customised Qualifications are bespoke, unregulated qualifications developed to meet the needs of our learners. Completing Customised Qualifications does not lead to an OFQUAL regulated qualification, but they can be used as evidence of knowledge and skills towards future study.

Study Hours

Up to 120 hours which is under 40 minutes per day for 6 months.

Study Method

Throughout this course, you may be expected to complete assignments, essays, research projects, posters, leaflets, presentations, PowerPoint presentations, video/audio recordings, work-based and practical learning sessions to meet the requirements of your course. This information will be included in your study pack detailing exactly what you need to do to accomplish your goals as a student.

Course Duration

You have up to a year to complete this course and we have included a suggested number of study hours. This is usually ample time for learners, even with full-time jobs and other commitments. Don’t worry if you go over the year though, we can organise an extension to your course for an additional fee, which also extends your tutor support.


Each unit is followed by a written tutor marked assignment (TMA), which is submitted and then marked by your tutor. You will not be required to take an external exam.

Course Outcomes





This course is fully accredited by ACCPH (Accredited Counsellors, Coaches, Psychotherapists and Hypnotherapists).

At the end of this course, successful learners will receive an NCFE Customised Qualification and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the details all of the units you have completed as part of your course). You can read more about NCFE here.

Additional Information

Difficulty - Level 3

Entry requirements - There are no formal entry requirements for this course, however, it is recommended that you have an intermediate ability to read and write English.

Course Content

1: Key Principles in Sociology

Gain insight into the three main approaches to Sociology: The symbolic interactionalist perspective, the functionalist perspective and the conflict perspective. You’ll look at theory in Sociology, as well as ontology, epistemology and ethics. Finally, you’ll consider both micro-sociology and macro-sociology.

2: Individuals, Groups and Societies

Delve into the concept of the self, the individual and society, and how the self is socialised. You’ll look at primary and secondary socialisation, as well as criticisms of socialisation theory. Also, consider social order, social agency and identity, and identity in relation to language and how we see others. Finally, you’ll learn just what is a group, exploring the ever-changing nature of the social world.

3: Marxism, Nietzsche and Foucauldian Thinking

Familiarise yourself with Marxism and German philosopher, Karl Marx. Once you’ve grasped the basis of Marxism, you’ll move onto philosophers Fredrich Nietzsche and Michael Foucault. In relation to the Foucault, you’ll consider ideas of knowledge and power, sexuality, madness and civilisation. Finally, we’ll break down the concepts of Structuralism, Post-Structuralism, Modernism and Post-Modernism.

4: The Social World

Develop an understanding of the social sphere we live in and the meaning we give to it. Discover the wheel of sociology and find out how socialisation relates to how we learn and adapt settings we live. Finally, you’ll also look at social psychological and psychosocial approaches to the social world.

5: Social Issues

Study social issues such as racism, inequality, class, gender, hooliganism, and poverty, and recognise their impact the have on society. You’ll cover topics like overt racism, the apartheid system in South Africa, and sexism and harassment. You’ll also look at theories on inequality and Irving Janis’ concept of Groupthink.

6: Sociological Theories – From Feminism to Race

Examine three key theories in sociology: feminist theory, queer theory and critical race theory. You’ll cover topics such as Marxist, liberal and post-modern feminism, consider the heterosexual lens, and discover how race theorists challenged legal systems.

7: Crime and Deviance – Sociological Principles

Start by understanding just what crime and deviance is in society. You’ll then examine topics on social class and elite crime, as well as historical biological thoughts on crime and deviance. Other topics you’ll explore include the nature-nurture debate, as well as the effects of crime on gender and ethnicity. Finally, you’ll look at the halo effect and restorative justice.

8: Group Bonding

Consider behaviour and the role of group dynamics, looking at areas such as group size and leadership. As you progress, you’ll look at bystander apathy and conformity, specifically the experiments of Milgram and Zimbardo.

9: Values and Beliefs

Break down the role of the family, exploring various definitions of family. You’ll also explore changes in marriage, namely the idea of marriage. As you progress, you’ll cover family diversity, whether the nuclear family still exists, globalisation and the nation state. Finally, you’ll learn about wealth inequality.

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Frequently Asked Questions

We have some answers to common student questions, but if you can't find the answer you're looking for then please contact us and we will do everything we can to answer your questions.

You will have access to your personal tutor, via email and telephone, who will mark your assignments and guide you through the course. In addition, you will be supplied with a comprehensive Study Guide which will help you through the study and assessment process. Your personal tutor will be highly experienced in their subject area and qualified to teach.

You don’t need any prior skills in the subject area to start. However, as with all of our courses, we recommend a reasonable level of English reading and writing ability.

We provide all the specially written learning materials you require to study this course at home. The course fee also includes tutor support for the specified duration of your course.

You will receive everything you need to complete this course within the study pack we send to you.

No, this course is assessed by coursework alone.

No, all of the study materials are supplied within your learning pack.

Most students finish comfortably within the course duration period given. However, if you do need more time, your personal tutor support can be extended for an additional fee.

Please check our main FAQs section or Contact Us, we have experienced course advisers who will be delighted to help!